McCain avoids faith on his campaign
In a campaign circuit last week Sen. John McCain travelled to various locations around the country that had shaped his life and formed the value system in his life, MacCain delivered speeches on his belief in America, but stayed uncommonly silent in respect to his religious views.
Both Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton have been very open about their faith and how it drives them in the race, but McCain, so often very outspoken about his views, has said very little about his faith in any but the broadest terms, or in vague references to how it kept him going when he was a prisoner of war for over half a decade, according to a Pioneer Press report on the matter.
McCain was raised Episcopalian and now attends a Baptist church, and was never baptised, but beyond this very little is known about his religious life. Some say that he is a throwback to previous generations, before such open expression about people's deeply personal beliefs was both common-place and expected, but others think this may cause problems in his presidential race, where the people want to know.
It's a faith-based country," observes Sen. Sam Brownback, a Catholic who has been backing McCain'a campaign since last year. "Presidential candidates should acknowledge that and say just what is their identity as it relates to that."